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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Signs

I think everyone of a certain age remembers the pop tune "Signs" from 1970.

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind.
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Many people look to religion for a clearly set-out group of signs governing behavior, and there is room for such a thing, but it's not the greater part of a religious life. Jesus kept doing things that drove the religious people of his time crazy. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Signs by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

OMG!

I'm more embarrassed than I can say. I returned from church, hit the wrong button, and erased this week's audio recording. Then, realizing that it is 4th Sunday, I went to King's Daughters' and Sons Home to deliver it again, and record it there.

When I looked out at those dear faces, I realized that my sermon, having to do with what people say online, in particular, OMG for "Oh My God" was going to be a closed book to a congregation of that age. In an attempt to make it accessible, I tried to speak "out of my pocket". When I did that, a passing hillbilly bug bit me and infected me with the worst sort of Appalachian accents. Forgive me! Maybe just read the text?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, OMG by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

You Have 12 Followers

This Sunday, we have a little something extra. One of our number, ArLynn Toavs, is greatly gifted as a singer, and opened worship with "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", leaving me in tears as usual, and since we were so blessed by his music, I've included the bell choir as well.
The question posed by our sermon this week is "Why does this one story about this one man have such power 2,000 years later?" He wasn't all that much of a news item then. Indeed, his Facebook would only have shown "You have 12 followers."
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Uncomfortable Christianity by clicking HERE for audio (and the music!) or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Restoration of Peter

Our ideas of justice center on punishment. God's way of justice is restoration. Why else would He have chosen Peter and Paul, a coward and a bully, to lead the new church?
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Restoration of Peter, by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Suicide Bombers

Our world is under attack! Anybody who watches the news knows that, but we'd like to suggest two things: Be very clear who the enemy is -- it may not be who you think; and the most valuable thing to ask ourselves is "What can we learn from ISIS"?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Suicide Bombers by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Hinge

Something happened two thousand years ago so impossible, so outlandish, that no one would have believed it. Unless it was true and had been witnessed. He is Risen.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Uncomfortable Christianity by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

There Can Be But One

For something like a hundred years, God's people in Jerusalem had worshiped God by leave of the Roman Emperor. It was a political compromise that served both Rome and the Jews well. Palm Sunday marks the point in time in which Jesus brought this cozy arrangement tumbling down. We've turned it into a time for children to wave palms. Hear the darker side of Palm Sunday by clicking HERE for text or HERE for audio.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.